• Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 8/28/2015

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    The days of summer are certainly passing swiftly.  I know being outside as dawn breaks in the morning, the air is beginning to smell like fall.  I love all these transitions and the promise of exciting events soon to be upon us.  There is so much energy in preparation…so many opportunities…

    Come out and support the South Kitsap Future Farmers of America (FFA) program at the Kitsap County Fair this week August 26th – 30th. Students will be showing livestock animals which include hogs, horses, and rabbits starting at 10 am daily. All students have created educational displays to be viewed by the public visiting fair. All students will be participating in the Career Development Event, livestock judging. Market animals will be for sale at the livestock auction Saturday, August 29th starting at 10am.   Great leadership on the part of FFA Advisors Ms. Kaitlyn Atkinson, Mr. Mike Sheppard, and Ms. Kirsti Whitmire.  Well done!! 

    The SKHS Marching Band finished up with band camp and travelled to the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede to perform on Wednesday. They were the only local band to make the trip.  It is exciting to see our young people perform so admirably and represent our community so well.  Great job!!

    Fall Sports began last Wednesday, Aug 19th with the first official practice for Fall Football, many of the athletes who participated in Spring Ball returned following a summer of hard work conditioning and lifting.  We have a strong squad of 171 players from which we will field a Varsity, JV and two C teams, comprised mostly by the 62 +/- freshmen we have turned out.  All other sports began practice or try-outs this Monday those are; Cross Country (40), Volleyball (54), Boys’ Water Polo (23), Boys Tennis (22), Cheer (38), Girls Soccer (68) and Girls Swim & Dive (32). With a total of 448 student athletes turning out for fall sports, once try-outs are complete and final rosters posted we will be sure to have competitive and enthusiastic teams to support over the coming months, including V, JV and two C Volleyball teams, V, JV, and C Girls’ Soccer teams and Boys’ Water Polo at both the V and JV level.  All schedules are posted on the Athletics website at http://skhsathletics.skitsap.tandemcal.com   Mark your calendars and GO WOLVES! 

    As another week has passed, we are checking in on the athletic field complex progress https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpvrrX4Lejc The work this week focused primarily on the continued installation of the turf (our SK) and features interviews with the South Kitsap High School Track Coach, Mr. Paul Zimmer, and South Kitsap High School Lacrosse Coach, Mr. Julius Ifurung.  Our student athletes and musicians are going to have a great venue to showcase their talents in the coming years.  We continue to be inundated with field use requests from community groups as well as field visit requests due to the innovative nature of our project.  Our committee on stadium management is reviewing procedures for the future. 

    Many schools are having fantastic Welcome Activities for students and families.  One such event, the Seventh Grade Orientation at John Sedgwick Junior High, drew large crowds of both students and families this week.  These are such energizing events as young people are looking forward to the start of school with great expectations.  We are so blessed to have staff work so hard to prepare and lead these important events. 

    Office coordinators, department directors and building principals gathered at Hidden Creek today for the annual Nuts & Bolts meeting. New staff members were introduced and updates were given by each department.  A great deal of new information was shared and discussed. 

    On another matter that will affect all of us in the district, an intrepid group of copier refresh team members have recently been meeting to ascertain the best possible direction to go with the copier refresh topic at hand.  Our current copy lease contracts are up and the committee therefore needed to chart our next steps.  The presentation of their work will now be reviewed by Cabinet and we will make a decision on the plan for the next several years.  Please let me know if you have any thoughts or questions as Cabinet will be meeting this coming Monday morning.  Please also take a few minutes to thank those members of the team for all their dedicated work on this important topic.  A decision will be made next week. 

    As we close out this week, I recently was reminded of the poetry of  Victor Hugo (1802-1885); “Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.”  I am so excited; this is going to be an amazing year!

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 8/21/2015

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    Well, what a great week of professional development!!  Hundreds of staff have been attending multiple professional development sessions throughout the week.  Many intrepid South Kitsap staff have also stepped up to teach classes during this week.  This is such an empowering professional development model as it is responsive to local classroom instructional needs in real time.  As the South Kitsap Professional Development Committee continues its work in the coming years, feedback from all of you will be helpful in developing topics, courses and delivery models that best suit classroom instructional needs.  Well done !!

    We had another fantastic Back to School Celebration this past week-end.  This is such a special activity and highlights the generous spirit in this great district and community.  Again, the attendance ranged over 5,000 attendees.  A big thank you to all the staff who attended and supported this event covering all details large and small.  A special thank you to Ms. Annette Stewart, who continues to successfully shepherd this event.  It matters to so many.  Well done !!  Many folks commented on the spaciousness of the new venue for this event as it was held at Marcus Whitman Junior High this year.  If you have any feedback on this location and in general how we can continue to improve this event, please feel free to pass this along to me or to Ms. Stewart directly, at stewartg@skitsap.wednet.edu

    As another week has passed, we are checking in on the athletic field complex progress  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmXEC6b5po4&feature=youtu.be The work this week focused primarily on the continued installation of the turf and features interviews with the South Kitsap High School Band Director, Mr. Gary Grams, and South Kitsap High School Girls’ Soccer Coach, Ms. Christina Boddie.  Our student athletes and musicians are going to have a great venue to showcase their talents in the coming years.  We continue to be inundated with field use requests from community groups as well as field visit requests due to the innovative nature of our project.  We do have a committee set to review the field use plans and fees as well as scheduling plans for the complex. 

    On the topic of ‘the missing having been replaced’ category, we have just recently remedied the signage over the entrance to the high school track and field complex.  The  missing "S" on our football concession stand has now been taken care of thanks to Mr. Ken Warner at Facilities & Operations and Mr. Mike Sheppard at the high school.  It is great to be free of the athletic complex grammar police ;>)  [previously South Kitsap Wolve ; now the South Kitsap Wolves] …  Well done! 

     It has been so exciting to follow the efforts of a large number of our secondary school staff as they have attended (Advancement Via Individual Determination) AVID training this summer.  This program, when implemented, will provide the necessary high support for our high expectation. This is such a promising and well researched program and one that staff at these schools have looked at for several years.  AVID is not just another program.  At its heart, AVID is a philosophy that holds students accountable to the highest standards, and provides academic and social support.  This is especially important as we work on grade level reconfiguration this year.  This is so empowering!!

    A big congratulations to Gauge Phillips, a student at Manchester Elementary School, who recently won a national championship in Artistic Roller-Skating.  Well done !! http://www.kitsapsun.com/sports/former-world-champion-figure-roller-skater-finds-new-home-in-bremerton_71347750

    Results from the spring 2015 administration of state tests were released by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in OLYMPIA on August 17, 2015 —  during a press conference held by Randy Dorn.  “Students in grades 3-8 and high school have been taking state tests, as required by state and federal law, since 2006. They help identify learning gaps and are used to determine school and district Adequate Yearly Progress. Washington’s high school students are also required to pass certain tests, or state-approved alternatives, to be eligible for graduation.”    State and district scores can be found on the State Report Card

    Overall, I am so proud of the outstanding work of our students and staff on these required assessments.  We are blessed to have such amazing educators and support staff in this great district that are focused on student success for all students – no exceptions.  Of course, I cannot pass up the opportunity to note that we do not need mandated federal level assessments to know we are doing amazing things here in the South Kitsap School District.  As we continue our work to nurture and inspire the next generation of innovators, we are resolute in our commitment to both the art and science of instruction, and will not be limited in our thinking or our approach to excellence in all aspects of education here in South Kitsap. 

    This is the first year students across the State took the Smarter Balanced tests. “They are the most advanced that students have ever taken,” said Dorn. “They measure students’ progress on the learning standards, so teachers know where students are succeeding and where they need extra help.”  Dorn said he was pleased with the first-year results. “Statewide results beat our predictions,” he said. “That says to me that students are capable of learning our new standards, which are designed to make sure students are ready for career and college.  “It also says that the overall delivery system of the tests worked. Teachers and staff did a great job understanding and applying the new testing technology. I commend all of them for their work.”  Dorn added that some changes are needed. “I believe in the testing system,” he said. “But I don’t think it’s perfect, especially with how it’s used for high school graduation. The Smarter Balanced tests were designed to be an evaluation tool, not a graduation requirement. We still need legislation to focus the use of the 11th-grade tests on proper class placement in 12th grade, rather than as a graduation hurdle.”  More to come for sure…

    A staff member sent an interesting article regarding an innovative middle school model.  While I am sure not all of the aspects of this school are practical, it is interesting to think out of the box at times.  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ron-clark-academy-atlanta-sets-success-confidence-future/  .  Enjoy the upcoming week-end.

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 8/14/2015

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    What another fantastic summer week here in our community.  Like many of you, I have friends around the country, many of whom are lamenting the weather conditions in their neck of the woods.  We are so blessed in so many ways here in South Kitsap.

    I want to remind folks that we have our annual Back to School Celebration this coming Saturday on August 15 at Marcus Whitman Junior High.  This change in venue is necessary to accommodate the new athletic field turf and track project at the high school site.  This is an important community activity for our students and families.  I look forward to seeing many of you at this event that supports our children in getting the best possible school start of the year.  Thank you to all of you working so hard to make this important event successful.  It matters. 

    Today, the Washington state Supreme Court ordered that the state pay $100,000 a day until it produces a plan that will fully fund basic education by 2018.  This is a momentous decision and arguably not undertaken lightly.  Here are my remarks to the local press, “I applaud the Supreme Court continuing to advocate for fully funding education.  I also want to note that for the educators in this great State, this is so much more than a ‘political football’; it is personal.  I look forward to the continued legislative progress to fully fund our schools.  It matters so much to so many.” I know we will all be watching the continued progress on this critically important topic to all of us; most importantly the children of Washington, our future.

    This week, the South Kitsap Leadership Team has been involved in the Summer Administrative Institute, a week long professional development activity.  Principals have spent significant time discussing topics related to instructional leadership.  This is an important time to work on our skills as we are resolutely committed to supporting the teaching and learning work in the classrooms across this great district.  

    I want to share the final Summer Institute flyer and note that our Department of Student Success state that we currently have over 800 registrations for the 34 professional development opportunities throughout the week.  I continue to be so inspired by the dedicated efforts of our staff to support the children and families of this great community.  Clearly, there will be a significant amount of learning going on in the coming weeks…  I am so excited !! 

    A recent article in the Kitsap Sun sports section highlighted one of our very own coaches, Mr. Marcus Logue.   It is a great article covering the positive achievements of our Head Baseball coach and AP Social Studies teacher at SK High School  http://www.kitsapsun.com/sports/terry-mosher-logue-has-shown-he-has-that-it-factor_58229119. We are so blessed to have the amazing coaches and teachers that we have who tirelessly work to support our young people in this amazing district. 

    As another week has passed, we are checking in on the athletic field complex progress. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjXWb5WnzY8 The work this week focused primarily on the installation of the turf and the final painting and striping of the track.  Our student athletes and musicians are going to have a great venue to showcase their talents in the coming years.  We are already being inundated with field use requests from community groups as well as field visit requests due to the innovative nature of our project.  We do have a committee set to review the field use plans and fees as well as scheduling plans for the complex.

    I am doing a reminder that several weeks ago, I presented my recommendation for the grade reconfiguration phase-in plan.  This will continue to be a major part of our transition work for the coming year.  Please feel free to share ideas, questions and insights that might assist us as we move forward with this epic transformation.  

    As we approach the first pre-season game for the Seahawks this season, I thought it appropriate to share an article that connects our topic of grit and the head coach for the Seahawks.  It is very provocative and I trust will spur conversation in a variety of quarters.  Being reflective in a growth mindset can be so positive and inspiring. 

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 8/7/2015
    Hello Team South Kitsap,
     
    It has been another great week with the temperatures finally cooling a bit.  I know our foliage feels a sense of relief as do all the mammals (including us) enjoying this summer season.  As we are now into the early days of August, it is exciting to contemplate our future weeks and months ahead and the new beginnings for so many young people …
     
    I am so proud to announce that our very own, Mr. Mike Sheppard, has won the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Region 1 Teacher Mentor of the Year award.  Mr. Sheppard, a teacher at South Kitsap High School, is one of the 2015 National Award Winners who will be recognized at the convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 17-21, 2015.  There are six association regions in the country and it is such an honor to have Mike represent the good work being done as part of the agricultural program here in South Kitsap.  
     
    I want to remind everyone that our annual Back to School Celebration is August 15 at Marcus Whitman Junior High.  This change in venue is necessary to accommodate the new athletic field turf and track project at the high school site.  This is an important community activity for our students and families.  I look forward to seeing many of you at this event that supports our children in getting the best possible school start of the year.  Thank you to all of you working so hard to make this important event successful.
     
    On August 4th, SKSD Highly Capable Services department collaborated with CKSD, PSD, NKSD, NMSD and Bainbridge to bring Gifted Education specialist Roger Fisher to Port Orchard. Roger has been involved in gifted education for 27 years and has been a gifted services consultant for 20 years. He is very well respected in the gifted community and was the keynote speaker at WEATAG in 2011 and 2012. Roger serves on the State of Washington Gifted Advisory Committee and teaches creativity and analytical thinking at Whitworth. 117 local teachers attended and had a wonderful day learning about the characteristics and learning needs of highly capable students as well as many amazing teaching strategies and classroom activities. 
     
    The NJROTC Wolf Battalion and the District Officeparticipated in the National Night Out in downtown Port Orchard on August 4. Local law enforcement, Search & Rescue, Fathoms O’ Fun, National Guard, Boy Scouts and many others were also at the event.  This was a great opportunity to join our community during these summer nights.  
     
    This week, we sent 43 staff to AVID training in San Diego California. Staff from South Kitsap High School, Marcus Whitman Junior High and John Sedgwick Junior High, joined over 5,000 other educators from across the country. AVID is defined as Advancement Via Individual Determination. Staff learned strategies to assist students with study skills, writing, reading, organizational skills, tutorial and collaboration techniques. These skills and strategies will prepare them to be College and Career ready.  
     
    I want to remind staff that South Kitsap’s Summer Institute which is scheduled for the week of August 17-21 is coming closer. We are continuing to receive registrations for the Summer Institute and currently have over 700 registrations for this great PD event.  This is a wonderful learning opportunity and I hope that many of  you will take advantage of the wide variety of classes being offered this year.  Five days of sessions are being offered across many content areas.   For our new staff members, the introductory sessions  provide a good overview of our adopted curricula.  In addition to the  strategies and tools you will walk away with, participants will receive pay and professional development clock hours for their participation. This event has been developed and is being implemented as a result of the recent District Professional Development Committee work, and is responsive to staff voice asking for focused professional development especially in light of the new curricula being implemented across the district in the coming year.  Please check out the entire summer Institute schedule and click here to view the flyer and register for the sessions you would like to attend.  We look forward to seeing many of you during the week of August 17-21. If you have questions, please feel free to call the Student Success Department at 360-874-7058 or email Kelly Wilcox at wilcoxk@skitsap.wednet.edu.  Thank you to all the committee members and the District Student Success Department. 
     
    At the August 5 School Board Meeting, Adam Smith, a graphic designer from Blue Creations, presentedsome design solutions for a new logo that will bring a cohesive look to the District. We are moving forward with the “S Path” design and are exploring exact colors and fonts.  There will be more to come on this topic. 
     
    As another week has passed, we are checking in on the athletic field complex progress. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFlkmpiF6UA The work this week focused on the refinement of the track surface project.  The track will be striped beginning on Monday and the turf installation is scheduled to begin on Tuesday.  This week’s video clip features our Head Football Coach, Mr. Gavin Kralik, and our Athletic Director, Mr. Ed Santos, talking about the impact of this new complex for our community.  Uppermost, this project underscores our commitment to safety and the success of our student athletes and musicians, all of them – no exceptions.  
     
    Mark your calendars for Friday, September 4. We are planning a dedication and ribbon cutting event for the new track & field at South Kitsap High School. More information will be coming soon about purchasing reserve tickets!
     
    Students across the South Kitsap have worked hard this summer taking classes to get a jump start on the new school year. One example is Ms. Caschetta’s Geometry Jump Start class that has been working all summer from 8-11 every morning getting their "jump start" on Geometry so they can start the next school year in Algebra2.
     
    I recently received an interesting TED talk from a colleague that is timely in relation to our work on student engagement.  Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success. http://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_the_key_to_success_grit  I think it is a six minute talk worth viewing.  This provocative conversation continues to validate our ‘whole child’ theory of action and the importance of passion and perseverance. 
     
    Warmest regards,
     
    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 7/30/2015

    What another fantastic week here in South Kitsap.  It continues to be a very toasty summer and providentially a great summer for the construction and renovation projects we have undertaken.  I trust each of you are also finding your fun and renewing your energy during this vital season. 

    I am looking forward to South Kitsap’s Summer Institute which is scheduled for the week of August 17-21. This is a wonderful learning opportunity and I hope that many of  you will take advantage of the wide variety of classes being offered this year.  Five days of sessions are being offered across many content areas.   For our new staff members, the introductory sessions  provide a good overview of our adopted curricula.  In addition to the  strategies and tools you will walk away with, participants will receive pay and professional development clock hours for their participation. This event has been developed and is being implemented as a result of the recent District Professional Development Committee work, and is responsive to staff voice asking for focused professional development especially in light of the new curricula being implemented across the district in the coming year.  Please check out the entire summer Institute schedule and click here to view the flyer and register for the sessions you would like to attend.  We look forward to seeing many of you during the week of August 17-21. If you have questions, please feel free to call the Student Success Department at 360-874-7058 or email Kelly Wilcox at wilcoxk@skitsap.wednet.edu.  Thank you to all the committee members and the District Student Success Department. 

    In our continuing focus on providing high support for the classroom, I want to share another exciting project this summer.  We are installing interactive projectors in all K-5 classrooms and all K-5 Special Ed resource rooms (190 in all!) as well as selected K-5 Life Skills classrooms across our district. Beyond just replacing existing projectors, these SmartBoard-like projectors allow students and teachers to interact with digital content (such as the recently adopted K-5 Journeys ELA curriculum, both with publisher-provided resources and other tools from the internet). Teams from our Information Technology Services and Facilities Departments have a tight schedule in working with contractors to have the projectors installed by the start of school. During the Summer Institute, an overview of Interactive Whiteboards will be offered, but more training opportunities will be provided once we are back to school.  As we continue to maintain high expectations for all children – no exceptions; this high support is essential. 

    I want to remind everyone that our annual Back to School Celebration is August 15 at Marcus Whitman Junior High.  This change in venue is necessary to accommodate the new athletic field turf and track project at the high school site.  This is an important community activity for our students and families.  I look forward to seeing many of you at this event that supports our children in getting the best possible school start of the year.  Thank you to all of you working so hard to make this important event successful.

    Another important upcoming community event is the Stuff the Bus with School Supplies to benefit the Back to School Celebration scheduled for Saturday, August 1 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at our local Port Orchard Walmart store.  Please plan to be part of this important support event for our school children. 

    This week saw a meeting with our district librarians and a discussion on support for print material upgrades for each school library in the district.  It has been many years since the library collections at our schools have been upgraded other than with PTA and book fair monies.  The grants previously available for school districts that support library collections are no longer available so it has been more than fifteen years since these collections have seen significant upgrades.  As part of the one-time only expenditure list for this summer, we will be allocating $165,000.00 to upgrading library collections.  Each elementary school will receive $10,000.00, each junior high school will receive $15,000.00 and the high school will receive $20,000.00 to support the print collections on site.  This continues to be high support for our resolutely held high expectations for students across this great district; all of them – no exceptions.  As you have suggestions for these orders, please contact your hardworking school librarian. 

    Another of our recent projects this summer is the examination of our district logo. As we have reviewed and refined our strategic plan over the course of the prior school year, and have now settled on our 2020 goals and plans, we are also looking at how well we align as a district and how best this is captured.  Mr. Adam Smith, a member of our community, parent of district children, and a third generation South Kitsap family, has put together several ideas in his presentation for us to consider.  I am sharing the two logo ideas that have surfaced over the course of numerous conversations and know that some iteration of these will likely be our future district logo.  Following your review of Adam’s presentation, please provide me with any feedback you feel might be helpful.  I believe Adam has captured the ethos and importance of visual identity.  I continue to be so impressed with the many and varied talents of our community members and staff and appreciate how deeply our South Kitsap community cares about the success of our schools.  It is inspiring. 

    As another week has passed, we are checking in on the athletic field complex progress. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_3-baf1QCM The work this week focused primarily on the installation completion of the e-layer, and features the track surface project.  This e-layer is such a great safety consideration as it is 19mm thick and has the impact of improving the G-MAX score of the field to assist in preventing concussions and other serious sports related injuries.  The track will be striped beginning on Monday and the turf will begin Monday as well.  This maintains our commitment to safety and the success of our student athletes and musicians, all of them – no exceptions. 

    The power of perspective continues to be one that I find interesting.  My husband and I recently traveled with our two youngest children to Canon Beach, OR, to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary.   As we were preparing to return home, and my husband was ‘packing the car’, it happened that I found myself standing next to an older woman and we began to share travel stories and the numerous ‘car packing’ stories and events that over the years led to us often not being an active participant for that final trip preparation stage ;>)   While these summer travel moments can at times be harried, she reminded me to enjoy ‘the moment’ as her husband of forty four years had recently passed away and she would trade all ‘the moments’ just to have him back…  It is such an important reminder about what is really important in life. 

    This quote was recently brought to my attention and I think it a timely reminder as we savor these reflective summer days.  “Do the things you used to talk about doing but never did. Know when to let go and when to hold on tight. Stop rushing. Don't be intimidated to say it like it is. Stop apologizing all the time. Learn to say no, so your yes has some oomph. Spend time with the friends who lift you up, and cut loose the ones who bring you down. Stop giving your power away. Be more concerned with being interested than being interesting. Be old enough to appreciate your freedom, and young enough to enjoy it. Finally, know who you are.”  —Kristin Armstrong 

    Warmest regards,

     

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 7/23/2015

    Wow, what another great week.  It is actually really nice to have the cooler weather.  You can almost see the plants and foliage breathing a sigh of relief and our furry friends and family breathing easier with the cooling temperatures.  I trust you are each finding time to experience a unique adventure this season. 

    As another week has passed, we are checking in on the athletic field complex progress.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jajLWO-Uh1c The work this week focused primarily on the installation of the e-layer, and features the observations of Ed Santos.  This e-layer is such a great safety consideration as it is 19mm thick and has the impact of improving the G-MAX score of the field to assist in preventing concussions and other serious sports related injuries.  This maintains our commitment to safety and the success of our student athletes and musicians, all of them – no exceptions. 

    We have had several Summer Music Camps.  We started this past Monday with Band/string and Music theatre/jazz camps.  Currently we have 36 students participating in the band/string camp and 21 participating in the music theatre/vocal jazz camp. The kids had a blast reading through the Batman Theme Song from the T.V. show yesterday.  Today, they got more serious and read through Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.  They will be performing next Friday at noon down at the Port Orchard Water Front Gazebo. This will be a fitting closing celebration to the two week camp. 

    I want to update you on the facilities work that has been done this summer.  To date, the staff have completed seventy four classrooms of new carpet and several new libraries and music rooms.  Our grounds department is managing and grooming two hundred and eighty five acres ;>) !!!  We are so grateful for all this dedicated work. 

    Furthermore, two of our three roof projects have been completed this summer.  These were major roof projects and the weather this summer has been noticeably fantastic for roofing.  I also want to remind you that in doing the three projects this summer, we were able to realize a savings of $70,000.00 as an economy of scale was employed.  The two roofs completed are Hidden Creek and Mullenix Ridge.  This is great news to those working in the schools this summer.  The roof restoration project at Burley Glenwood is almost complete.  Well done. 

    It is also a good reminder that we have a number of staff working as part of the Olympic STEM Pathways Partnership Project http://ospponline.wikispaces.com/  This is a transformative partnership that is a powerful professional development opportunity for our staff that will result in robust STEM experiences for our students. 

    Warmest regards, 

     

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 7/16/2015

    What a fantastic week we are having.  I trust this note finds each of you enjoying a different pace this summer.  This is such a time for reflection and renewal.  After watching several of the national weather reports this week, it is hard to imagine planning a vacation anywhere other than right here in Port Orchard ;>)  This has been a unique weather summer to be sure. 

    One great feature of the hot and dry weather is we have been able to make significant progress on the three major roof projects in the district.  As I previously mentioned, we were able to save a considerable amount of money ($75,000.00) by doing all three projects this summer rather than parsing them out over two summers.  The contractor was able to discount the work due to the economy of scale savings.  While this is great for our district budget, as we can provide more student program enhancements, it has been a significant work load lift for our Facilities Department staff.  Please take a moment to thank them when you see one of them for all their hard work and the result of being able to save monies for our student educational needs.  We also want to remember to thank our voters who supported the recent levy enabling us to complete these projects.

    And so, another major summer project, the new field turf project is right on schedule.  The summer weather has been great and the progress is exciting to watch as the different layers are being placed in the former stadium footprint https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76DGScqq8fY .  South Kitsap Facilities Director,  Mr. Tom O’Brien, explains some of the unique features of this first of its kind surface for the northwest.  We are really on the innovative edge with the new organic infill alternative !!

    As you are enjoying this break, I would like to have you pause for a moment and note the announcement of the final two members of our district administrative leadership team.  I know you will join me in welcoming them to our South Kitsap family.

    I am thrilled to announce that Ms. Virginia “Ginnie” Brossard, is the new Principal at Mullenix Ridge Elementary School.  Ms. Virginia “Ginnie” Brossard has most recently been teaching 4th and 5th grade at Marvista Elementary in Normandy Park, Washington.  While there, she also served as a principal designee for nine years.  Her previous teaching experience was a classroom teacher for K-6 grade multi-age split classes and gifted education classes for Valley View Alternative Elementary in SeaTac, Washington.  Ginnie earned her Washington State Principal Residency Certificate from Western Washington University.  She earned her Masters in Education from Lesley University in 2003.  Additionally, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Central Washington University.  In 2012 and 2009 Ginnie received the Washington Achievement Award (5th grade science).  She also was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award in 2010.  She is a member of the Association of Washington State Principals and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development as well as a Teacher Advisory Board Member for Seattle Children’s Theatre.

    Next, I am thrilled to announce that Mr. Joey Kolattukudy, is the new Assistant Principal at Sidney Glen Elementary School.  Mr. Joey Kolattukudy has most recently served as a 7th and 8th grade English Teacher at Polson Middle School in Montana.   Prior to his teaching at the middle-school level, he taught 4th and 5th grade at Pablo Elementary School, also in Montana.  Joey earned his Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Montana in 2010.  He also received his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2004 from the University of Montana.  Joey has been an Assistant Basketball Coach for the freshman through varsity teams at Polson High School.  Additionally, he has been a Track, Basketball and Football Coach for Ronan Middle School in Montana.  Joey was recognized as the 2006-2007 IEC Teacher of the Year School, Ronan School District #0 and received the 2007-2008 KECI Gold Star Award.  We are so blessed to have these two gifted educational leaders join our team. 

    Last night, at the Board meeting, I presented my recommendation for the grade reconfiguration phase-in plan.  I am also joining Kitsap Sun Reporter Chis Henry on July 16 at 7:00 p.m. for a live online discussion about the transition to a K-5 elementary, 6-8 middle school, 9-12 high school grade configuration. The online chat will explain the phased-in transition and participants will have the opportunity to comment, ask questions, and take online polls.  We will continue to provide information updates as the weeks and months roll forward.  In next week’s Thursday Memo, I will elaborate further based on feedback received during the online discussion.  Please also feel free to share ideas, questions and insights that might assist us as we move forward with this epic transformation. 

    Please continue to enjoy this great summer break we are having.

    Warmest regards,

     

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 7/9/2015

    I trust each of you have had a wonderful Fourth of July holiday and are continuing to enjoy this record summer weather. 

    With regard to the high school athletic complex work, this week they are working to finish the installation of the drainage system so there have been lots of pipes and significant trench filling going on.  The work is progressing on schedule and continues to be such an exciting project.  https://youtu.be/7niIJqJwlQU  Many continued thanks to Mike Downum and the South Kitsap School District CTE video production staff for their tenacious coverage of this epic construction project. 

    Next week there will be an Online Chat about Grade Reconfiguration.  I will join Kitsap Sun reporter Chis Henry on July 16 at 7:00 p.m. for a live online discussion about the transition to a K-5 elementary, 6-8 middle school, 9-12 high school model district. I will explain the plan to phase in the transition and community participants will have the opportunity to comment, ask questions, and take online polls. To participate in the discussion, participants should log onto the Kitsap Sun website at www.kitsapsun.com shortly before 7 p.m. on July 16.   Anytime a district undertakes a project of this magnitude, the importance of frequent and timely communication cannot be overstated.  The online chat link will be posted on the Kitsap Sun’s homepage. For more information about the online chat, visit Chris Henry’s blog.

    It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Mr. Daniel Novick as the new John Sedgwick Junior High Principal.  Mr. Novick has most recently served as the Assistant Principal at Klahowya Secondary School in Silverdale.  He has been an Assistant Principal at Ridgetop Junior High School and an Athletic Director, teacher and coach for Kingston High School.  Prior to his work in the Kitsap Peninsula area, he also taught and coached in Texas as well as other parts of our State.  Dan earned his Masters in Educational Leadership from American College of Education in 2011 as Summa cum laude.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Education for Secondary Education from Eastern Washington University in 1999 as Magna cum laude with Honors.  Dan is part of the Association of Washington School Principals and Washington Secondary School Athletic Administrators Association.  Additionally, he was recognized as the 2010 Kitsap Sun Coach of the Year, and received the 2004 MIT Influential Teacher Recognition award and the 2004 Outstanding Teacher Award.  We are so pleased and excited to have Dan join our South Kitsap family. 

    Recently, a number of our teachers and principals attended a STEM event in Gig Harbor as part of our ESD STEM Partnership work.   Following this event, our STEM teachers, (Theresa Johnson, Jeff Winn, Beverly Painter, Tina Jordan, Candace Barich, and Tami Bradford) who are part of the Olympic STEM Pathways Partnership  attended a robust professional development experience with the University of Washington.  As a purpose, “The first of its kind, the program will take this hands-on approach into schools to inspire the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math.”  Check out the link below... The UW featured an article about Deb and Danny's work on OSPP on the College of the Environment website today.  There are some GREAT pictures of teachers working with sensors---you might be able to find some of our teachers in a picture.  http://coenv.washington.edu/news/2015/07/uw-scientists-engage-the-next-generation-of-oceanographers-through-stem-partnership/ .

    We recently had one of our very own South Kitsap students serve as a delegate at the World Children’s FestivalDuring the week of June 30, Ellie Wrigley, eighth grade student at John Sedgwick Junior High, travelled to Washington, D.C. to attend the World Children’s Festival (WCF). Ellie was selected as a delegate to represent Washington State for the artwork that she created while attending Olalla Elementary. Launched in 1999 as the “Olympics” of children’s imagination, the WCF has grown into the world’s premier children’s celebration and a permanent quadrennial event in our nation’s capital. The WCF advances a grassroots movement for every child’s creative and empathic development launched by the International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) some 20 years ago as the foundation for widespread prosperity and global peace.

    The official delegates are selected through the Arts Olympiad, the world’s largest children’s art program. The U.S. Olympic Committee has granted the ICAF an exclusive license to use the “Arts Olympiad” mark. The Arts Olympiad winners representing their U.S. states and over 70 other countries convene at the WCF, along with amazing young musicians and performers, representing different genres and world cultures. While in the nation’s capital, Ellie’s family toured all the National Mall monuments and walked more than 26 miles.  For more information on the World Children’s Festival visit http://www.worldchildrensfestival.org .  This is so exciting to have our district and community represented by Ellie. 

    I trust you and yours will continue to enjoy a restful and renewing summer season.

    Warmest regards,

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 7/3/2015

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    Wow, what a fantastic week!!  This weather is amazing.  I will say that several members of our district leadership team recently attended the WASA/AWSP Summer Conference in Spokane this past week-end, and the 106 degree weather was a bit much.  It was nice to get back to the cooler 85 degree weather ;>)  I suppose it is a great reminder on the importance of comparative perspective

    With regard to the high school athletic complex work, this week they are finishing the installation of the drainage system so there has been lots of pipes and trench filling.  The work is progressing on schedule and continues to be such an exciting project.  https://youtu.be/3L8kAaicg0I  Many thanks to Mike Downum and the South Kitsap School District CTE video production staff for their tenacious coverage of this epic construction project. 

    I want to share some great staff news.  Ms. Maurine Simons, one of our South Kitsap mechanics, took 3rd place in the WAPT Technician Competition. Maurine is the first female mechanic to compete at the state level (2014) and the first female mechanic to place. In the words of her supervisor, Mr. Jay Rosapepe, “ Awesome.”  Well done.

    As June ends and July begins, we are also in the middle of administrative staff transitions.  As part of one of these transitions, I want to thank Ms. Rita Reandeau for her many years of dedicated service to the South Kitsap School District.  She is leaving us to begin a new opportunity with the Peninsula School District for the coming year.  Rita started at the South Kitsap School District as the Assistant Director of Special Education in August of 1991 and was promoted to the Director of Special Education position in 1997.   She served on the SKEA Bargaining Team, the District Safety Committee, and was an active member of the Director’s PLC group.  During her time at South Kitsap, she was appointed by the Governor to the Board of Trustees for the Washington State Center for Deafness and Hearing Loss, and was a member of the Shared Partnership for Children, Kitsap Mental Health.  She has tirelessly served the children of this community.  Our district is a better place for her service. 

    As her successor, Ms. Shelby MacMeekin will be our Interim Director of Special Education for the coming year.  Shelby began her career with South Kitsap School District in September 2002 as a Special Education Teacher.  She was in the position for ten years, until she transitioned to a Special Education Instructional Specialist for three years for our Office of Special Education.  Prior to her work in South Kitsap, she taught in the Seattle and Vancouver areas.  Shelby earned her Master’s in Education for Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University in 2005.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Northern Michigan University and her teaching certificate from Western Washington University where she is currently completing her coursework for director credentialing.   We are excited to keep Shelby in the SK family.

    Ms. Sara Hatfield, our District Director for Career and Technical Education (CTE) just announced that our new Assistant CTE Director is Mr. Greg Kilpatrick. Greg has been a CTE professional since 2002, starting his career at Bellevue High School.  Most recently, Greg worked half-time as a CTE teacher and the other half as Technology Integration Specialist at Vashon Island High School, where he and his family have lived for the past 15 years.  He received his CTE Director certification in 2010 while working part-time in the CTE Department for the Bellevue School District, and teaching at Bellevue High School during that time.  Prior to teaching, Greg worked in End User Support at Verizon Wireless for 12 years.  He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Central Washington University. We welcome Greg to the South Kitsap family.

    We have made a decision on the next principal for South Colby Elementary School.  Mr. Charles “Joe” Riley will be the new South Colby principal.  Mr. Riley has most recently served in the role of Principal at Pioneer Intermediate/Middle School in Shelton (grades 4-8).  Joe taught Social Studies at John Sedgwick Junior High School from September 2007 – 2011; and in the Fall of 2011, he briefly taught Social Studies at South Kitsap High School and then became the Dean of Students for grades 11-12 until June 2013.  Joe earned his Educational Administrator Program, Principal’s Certificate from the University of Washington in 2013.  Joe received his Master’s in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in May of 2011, and his Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Central Washington University in June 2007.  He is a graduate of South Kitsap High School, Class of 2003.  We welcome Joe back to the South Kitsap family.

    I know you will join me in welcoming these new administrators into the district family.  We are blessed to have their expertise and celebrate their decision to choose us.  

    On another topic, I have been asked to serve on the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) Paraeducator work group.  The 2014 archived work group meetings can be found at:  http://www.pesb.wa.gov/home/para-work-group/upcoming-meetings/2014-work-group-meetings .  I will be working with the group as we bring proposals forward to the legislature for approval.  If you have any questions, ideas or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know. 

    I am providing an interesting and provocative article for your summer reading.  It is very short and might prompt a bit of wonder and relates to the benefits of teaching languages earlier.  Study shows benefits of teaching languages to younger students  Interestingly, “Elementary-school students at a dual-language school in California performed on par with Advanced Placement high-school students on Mandarin language assessments, according to a recent Stanford University study. The findings now are driving efforts to introduce foreign-language instruction in younger grades.”  We will be beginning to teach foreign language at our two IB elementary schools this coming year as well as expanding the Spanish Immersion Program at Burley Glenwood this fall.  It is promising to have research support our best practice. 

    As we contemplate the future of our district and education in general, it is interesting to peer in to the thoughts of those around the country on such topics.  What does the future hold for education?  With regard to the new technology frontier; “There are five new realities in education, suggests educator and author Will Richardson, who presented on the topic during a session at the International Society for Technology in Education's conference. He asserts that technology provides more choices in learning, learners drive their own learning through online resources and professional development is a personal responsibility.”  Very interesting…

    I wish each of you a safe and celebratory Fourth of July celebration this week-end. 

     

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 6/25/2015

    Well, summer is finally here.  The weather is incredible for our first week of summer.  I trust each of you will find time in the coming days and weeks for a hike, swim, or other favorite outdoor sport as we enjoy this beautiful Pacific Northwest region.

    What an incredible evening I had tonight as the State agriculture teachers celebrated our own South Kitsap staff and community partners at their annual statewide banquet.  Tonight, the Washington Association of Agricultural Educators (WAAE), honored our Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director, Ms. Sara Hatfield, as the regional District Outstanding Administrator.  The WAAE current State President, our very own Mr. Mike Sheppard, nominated and presented the award.  Not to be outdone, Mike was honored by his peers as an Outstanding Mentor.  Farmer George was honored as a community partner as they have supported our South Kitsap Agriculture program for many years. We are so blessed to have these outstanding educators, community partners, and this amazing CTE program for our students in this great district.  Well done !!

    This past week, our SKSD Board of Directors met with the Board of Trustees from Olympic College as part of our board work study session.  It was a spirited and collaborative conversation that is headed toward a possible partnership in conjunction with a potential capital bond to build a second high school in the district.  There are many more conversations to be had and much more work to be done to be thoughtful about the details that might best support such an innovative endeavor for our community.  I will be sharing more about this important topic in the weeks to come.  If you have any ideas or questions about this project, please do not hesitate to contact me. This is an exciting time to be in the South Kitsap School District.  

    Our athletic field and track complex project is moving along quickly. This innovative field project, the first of its kind in the Northwest, continues to move forward.  The Hellas Corporation indicates significant work will be taking place this Friday as they will be laying drainage pipe and spreading fabric on the field.  It is exciting to watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuCvs0nVB4U as this project comes to life.  We are so grateful for our generous community partners…Thank you.  

    The Food and Nutrition Services Department is upgrading their work area at the high school.  Ms. Ariane Shanley and her staff are to be commended for the renovations and work model they have created. High school students and staff will have more efficient and more effective food service as a result.  Aesthetically, the cafeteria area will also be more appealing.  

    The roofs at Mullenix Ridge and Hidden Creek are also in the midst of construction.  The construction buzz all over the district is so progressive and exciting.  We are so grateful for our generous community members who supported our most recent levy so that we could address these leaking roofs.  Our students and staff will be snug during the heavy rains this coming fall and winter…  remember rain ;>) …

    This was a recently shared community thought…” Many of Aristotle’s principles are valid for any ethics.  Being human does not mean simply obeying laws that come from outside, but attaining maturity. Being human means becoming as perfectly accomplished as possible.  If we do not become fully accomplished, something is lost to the whole of humanity.  For Aristotle, this accomplishment derives from the most perfect activity: that of seeking the truth in all things, shunning lies and illusions, acting in accordance with justice, transcending oneself to act for the good of others in society.” — Jean Vanier

    Warmest regards,

     

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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